Counselor Funding History
Before 1995, school counselors were funded as a mandate in the school funding formula like all other mandated services.
In 1995, the Iowa Legislataure removed school counselors from the mandated services that students were to receive. Iowa schools were still required to provide a guidance program; however, they were not mandated to employ a school counselor.
Although counselors were no longer mandated, the provision for school counselor funding was left in the school funding formula. Schools could then use that money in whatever manner they chose.
Around 2005, the requirement for school counselors was put back into the code. There was funding, because it never left the formula.